after having my beloved Rodeo for 11 years i needed a Brake job so i took it in the dealer called me to tell me the Bolts and Lugs where coming off stripped apparently Isuzu made both out of Alummion and over time they will strip each other so when you take them off they will come off stripped ( imagine having that happen with a Flat tire on the side of the road late at night)
This was the most fun, reliable vehicle I have owned. We had it for 8 years and took it everywhere! It was very capable in 4WD! We had many a Moab, Utah trip in it. Sorry to see Isuzu discontinued them in 04!
When i first bought this car i loved it and i still love it now. It is definatly one of the best SUV's of its time. Very minor problems over the years, one of them was the freeze plugs rusted but my son fixed it in his autoshop class, it only costed him $5. the engine now has 176k miles on it and it still runs like it did when i drove it off the lot.
I have over 200,000 miles on this truck with almost no major repairs. At 160,000 it did finally need a new clutch. Motor is all original (minus spark plugs and oil). Never been rebuilt. Body is rust free, original paint. This has been the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned and also the longest (10 years). I wish it had a little more power but otherwise love this truck. It has never left me stranded, I have towed quite a bit with it and it always gets us home.